2009 from Resolution to Reality

baby-new-year.jpgDo you want to improve your family’s diet? Have you decided that it’s time to transform your picky eater to a healthy eater? Are you ready to make the changes which are necessary to carry out your New Year’s Resolutions?

Resolutions are great. We promise our selves to make changes that will benefit us (and our families) over time. Resolutions are fulfilled when we are able to carry them out. The best way to see our New Year Resolutions stick around is to adjust our routines for the long haul. Unless, we manage to change our habits, then even the best resolution will quickly fade away.

You’ll want to check out the following blogs which will help your family get on a healthy track in 2009. The place to begin is at the grocery store and in your kitchen.

The news for 2009 is mixed. First, the good news, gas prices are down (and so are lottery ticket sales). The rest of the news isn’t so good: The stock market fall was the worst in seven decades, the auto industry is in the tank along with our banks. During the evening news, I heard that grocery prices were up 13 percent. Even with that gray cloud, there is a sliver lining. You can improve your family’s diet and not go broke in the process.

Go Organic without Breaking the Bank

What does organic mean? To earn the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s organic certification, the land must be free from prohibited substances such as synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, and other toxins for at least three years. For most, organic means less processed or unprocessed foods. The top reasons for organic usage are the absence of pesticides and growth hormones. Consuming fewer pesticides and growth hormones is a good idea, but, are organic foods any healthier than conventionally grown produce?
> CLICK HERE to find out how you can purchase organic foods without breaking the bank.

Whole Foods with Food Stamps
The Sunday Denver Post ran the article “Healthy Lessons,” about the cost of school lunches. Most of the article discusses the school lunch program. Some schools are now including salad bars, fresh fruit, and other healthy food options. A Big Nonna Hug to them! Regrettably, the article also reinforced the notion that preparing healthy foods at home is expensive. Interviewed were parents who stated that it wasn’t easy to prepare inexpensive healthy meals for their families.

Bridget, a single mom of four, struggles with making healthy meals. She admits to using Hamburger Helper, even though the family doesn’t like it. She told the Post, “If you want a meal to be healthy, it takes time and money.” Yes, preparing healthy meals may take a little time, especially in the beginning. It’s essential to shop for the best nutritional value and then have a resource of healthy easy-to-make recipes.
>CLICK HERE to find out how to purchase whole foods, even on a food stamp budget.

Do Your Veggies and Fruit Fight?
Did you hear that? Bang, Kaboom, Pow! It’s my fruit and veggies fighting again! You may think your kids fight a lot, but fruit and vegetables don’t like each other at all. They’re probably fighting right now in your refrigerator, too! The solution for happy produce is to keep fruit and veggies apart from one another. Manufacturers understand this; that’s why they construct refrigerators with separate bins for each. For a long time, I didn’t know that it was important to separate fruit from veggies, so I just shoved produce into which ever bin had the room. I was just asking for a fight to break out. >CLICK HERE to find out how you can save money by making your produce last longer.

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